Caligula: The Corruption of Power

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Taylor & Francis, Jan 4, 2002 - History - 360 pages
12 Reviews
Of all Roman emperors none, with the possible exception of Nero, surpasses Caligula's reputation for infamy. But was Caligula really the mad despot and depraved monster of popular legend or the victim of hostile ancient historians?
In this study of Caligula's life, reign and violent death, Anthony A. Barrett draws on the archaeological and numismatic evidence to supplement the later written record. In Professor Barrett's view, the mystery of Caligula's reign is not why he descended into autocracy, but how any intelligent Roman could have expected a different outcome - to grant total power to an inexperienced and arrogant young man was a recipe for disaster. This book, scholarly and accessible, offers a careful reconstruction of Caligula's life and times, and a shrewd assessment of his historical importance.

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User Review  - David Fitzgerald - Goodreads

This book was refreshing and full of unexpected histories about the Emperor that most people think was insane. On the contrary, this book proves that Caligula was a sane, rational and cool-calculating ruler who hated the Patrician class. Read full review

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User Review  - Rena Sherwood - Goodreads

This was good, but not as good nor as memorable as Winterling's biography. Read full review

About the author (2002)

J. C. Yardley is a former Professor and Head of Classics at the Universities of Calgary and Ottawa and the author of numerous books on the ancient world.
Anthony A. Barrett is the author of biographies of Livia, Agrippina, and Caligula.

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